On this week’s show opening, the brothers had a discussion about how people around America rate different professions. Car salesmen were on the low-rated side as I recall. Down by lawyers and politicians. Tommy thought maybe this rating for car salesmen was unfair, but Ray wasn’t particularly complimentary about new car salesmen either! I forget what he said, but it definitely wasn’t complimentary. Especially the changes he’s apparently seen in car salesmen in more recent years. So what do you think? Are car salemen unfairly rated?
Me, I’ve had occassion to do battle with new car salesmen once or twice.
The car was priced on the manufacturer’s sticker, you know, stuck right on the driver’s side window, as $18,000. But the salesmen told me, no, it was priced at $20,500 instead. I was somewhat surprised, used to negotiating down from the sticker price. I asked how come this car could be priced even more than the sticker price? He said “It’s shipping and ADP”. He pointed to another sticker on the other side of the car, and there were two lines on it. One was a small shipping charge of a couple hundred dollars, and the second line was ADP: $2500. “$2500 for ADP? What’s ADP” I say? The salesmen gives me a look like I asked how much would it cost to buy a ticket on a rocket ship to Mars. Like I’m some idiot to ask such a question, you know. Finally, I keep asking about ADP, he turns to me, gives me a dirty look, and says, "ADP means ’ Additional Dealer Profit’.
I accompanied a female friend to help her buy a smallish 4WD SUV. She’d already decided to buy one, and what options she wanted. She asked me to help her negotiate the price. So she and I were there on the new car lot, looking at the assortment of SUV’s. She had found the one closest to the options she wanted, but didn’t like the color. The saleman walks up, says “hi, can I help you?”, and she explains this is the car she likes but wonders if it comes in a different color? The salesman – I’m not making this up – he says to her “Are you going to buy a car today or not? I’m here to sale cars. I don’t have time to answer questions.”
Ok, I think maybe Ray is right about today’s new car salesmen!